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3 Jan 1943
  • I-168 arrived at Shortland Islands in the Soloman Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS S-28 crossed the International Date Line. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Mozdok, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Lieutenant R. T. G. Greenland RNVR and Leading Signalman A. Ferrier penetrated Palermo harbour in Sicily, Italy on a Chariot human torpedo and sink the Italian light cruiser Ulpio Traiano. ww2dbase [AC]
Australian New Guinea
  • The Japanese leadership in Rabaul, New Britain received the text of the Army-Navy Central Agreement on South Pacific Area Operations, which called for the strengthening of Solomon Islands and New Guinea footholds upon the completion of the evacuation of Guadalcanal. ww2dbase [CPC]
Caroline Islands France
  • USAAF heavy bombers attacked the docks and U-Boat pens at Saint-Nazaire, France, starting several fires. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Hawaii
  • USS Whale departed the Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Grayback sank Japanese submarine I-18 in the Coral Sea, hitting her with 1 of 2 torpedoes; she also fired six torpedoes at other Japanese warships four hours later, all of which missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Lin Hsiung-cheng's son Lin Mingcheng was born in Itabashi (now Banqiao), Kaizan Gun, Taihoku Prefecture (now Taipei), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • President Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz of the Polish government-in-exile in London, England, United Kingdom urged Pope Pius XII to denounce German atrocities against the Jews. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

3 Jan 1943 Interactive Map




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